Male-Bashing Is Really No Joke!

Male-Bashing Is Really No Joke! January 18, 2022

Do you have a faithful, capable, responsible man in your life? A husband, a father, a co-worker? Like me, you probably know quite a few men who embody those qualities! Because they’re all around us—men who care and provide and love their families well.

But if you watch TV, movies or follow social media, you might think there’s a scarcity of mature, wise men out there. Because there’s an awful lot of criticism and mocking of men in our culture. Men are frequently depicted or ridiculed as being clueless, laughably incompetent, or wildly immature and irresponsible. I don’t know about you, but I find it discouraging, frustrating and, to be honest, even infuriating.

Let me share a (sadly) cringe-worthy example. I was heading to the airport to speak on a Christian women’s cruise. (Hardship duty, I know.) On the radio, a woman on a bank commercial was saying something like, “Girl, I don’t have time to worry about my banking. I mean, I have two kids—well, three if you count my husband!”

Having spent so many years on the research for For Women Only, and having seen the surprisingly sensitive hearts that beat inside the men and boys in our lives, it made me mad. Why is it okay to bash men?

When I boarded the cruise and first spoke at a workshop for about 500 women, I mentioned that radio ad. It was fresh on my mind, and a concrete example of how our culture so easily disrespects men, and how painful it is to our men. That night, I gave a different talk to the entire boat of about 1500 women. As I left the stage, the singer for the evening walked on. The first words out of her mouth? “I’m so happy to be with you all! My name is so-and-so, I’m from such-and-such city, and I’ve got three kids—four if you count my husband.”

You could hear a third of the crowd gasp, as the oxygen was sucked out of the room. Right in front of us, we witnessed how easily—without thinking about it—we can make “jokes” that are actually cruel and male-bashing. Even in the church. Even from a wonderful, godly leader.

What is the impact of these kinds of remarks on the men in our lives? And how should we respond? Read on to learn more.

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